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Belgrade Media Report 19 August

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LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Recognition of Kosovo within existing borders is a red line Serbia will not cross (Tanjug/RTS)
• Jovanovic: Brnabic might find acceptable Kosovo secession with border adjustments (Beta)
• Dacic: My goal is for the number of Kosovo recognitions to fall below 97 (TV Happy/Tanjug/RTV)
• Djuric: We are finding ways to supply the people (Politika)
• Serbian opposition walks out of meeting with authorities (N1)
• Boycott unless new REM elected by 15 September (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Komsic openly depraving the system on which B&H rests (Srna/Glas Srpske)
• Dodik says he will vote against B&H’s ANP at B&H Presidency’s special session on Tuesday (BHT1)
• OHR: RS’ attempts to undo previously agreed reforms are contrary to DPA (ATV)
• Dodik: Construction of the “Milos Veliki” Highway important for all Serbs (Srna)
Albania
• Basha: Rama is Balkan’s most corrupt PM (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbia’s new Chinese-built highway section opens to traffic (Xinhua)
• Serbia to get Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 military transport helicopters in early 2020 (TASS)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 16 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Less than 100 states recognize Kosovo at this moment (RTS)
• Dacic asks Japan to again refrain from voting on Kosovo’s admission to UNESCO, Interpol (Beta)
• Diplomat: Japan demands that Kosovo lift taxes as soon as possible (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: I reject any US interference in internal affairs (Srna)
• Dodik to Ivantsov: Story about NATO and ANP was made up in order to prevent formation of authorities at B&H level (RTRS)
• Dodik meets Wigemark (FTV)
• Izetbegovic: Without ANP, Dzaferovic will not vote in favor of Tegeltija as B&H CoM Chairman-designate (FTV)
• Izetbegovic is obstructing agreement about border (Glas Srpske)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski condemns Zaev’s hateful statement (Republika)
Albania
• Meta: Without media freedom, Albania’s quest to EU is impossible (ADN)
• Pjetri gives up mayor’s position, Basha appeals for Premier’s removal (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Belarus, Serbia discuss military, technical cooperation prospects (BelTA)
• US Diplomat: Dodik Rhetoric Undermining Bosnian Government Deal (VoA)

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Belgrade Media Report 15 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 15 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Kuburovic: North Macedonia decision on Morina politics, not law (Beta)
• Stefanovic: This tramples on the essence of international law (RTS/Tanjug)
• Djuric: Attempt at artificial equalization of Belgrade and Pristina (RTS)
• Russia prepared to assist the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (TV Prva)
• SzS: Vucic buying time trying to split opposition (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SDA: Only solution for overcoming current deadlocks in process of Euro-Atlantic integration and establishment of new convocation of B&H CoM is adoption of modified ANP (TV1)
• Dodik: SDA’a false claims about ANP (Srna)
• Komsic: Dodik has three options re ANP (TV1)
• Izetbegovic: International community conducting activities to bring closer stances on submission of ANP (Al Jazeera)
• Dzaferovic: It is necessary to find compromise re all issues (ATV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev: For me and the government, all people are equal (MIA/Republika)
• VMRO DPMNE: The European perspective of the state is seriously endangered because of Zaev’s crimes and corruption (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Expert to ANSA, foreign fighters return challenge to Balkans (ANSA)

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Belgrade Media Report 14 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 14 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Withdrawals of Kosovo recognitions hurts the Quint (TV Pink/FoNet)
• Dacic briefs Serbian Ambassadors on situation in Kosovo (Beta)
• Dacic, Botsan-Harchenko discuss topics of particular importance (Beta/Tanjug)
• Botsan-Harchenko warns conditions being created to blame Serbia (FoNet)
• What’s behind Quint’s strong message to Belgrade and Pristina, and who will be under more pressure (Telegraf)
• Belgrade commemorates Serb victims of crimes in Gorazdevac 16 years ago (Beta)
• Court in Skopje: Conditions not fulfilled for extradition of Morina to Serbia (Tanjug/RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Komsic: If ANP is not adopted, I will not vote for new B&H CoM Chair (RTRS/ radiosarajevo.ba)
• Dodik claims that ANP will not be sent to Brussels (Tanjug/RTRS)
Montenegro
• Gegaj: Great Albania isn’t supported by every Albanian politician (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev says he is not considering a resignation or holding early elections (Republika)
• Alliance of Albanians calls for early elections to be held as soon as possible (Republika)
• Zaev and Hahn discussed what to do next regarding the fast growing corruption scandal (Republika)
Albania
• Accusations, Rama excludes Pjetri from SP (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Could delays to Balkan enlargement undermine the EU? (Euronews)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 August

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Talks with opposition are honorable (RTS)
• Djuric to the Quint: Serbia will be guided by its interests (RTS/Tanjug)
• Quint urges Belgrade and Pristina to resume dialogue (Tanjug)
• Serbia calls Vatican to prevent seizure of holy Serb places in Kosovo (Beta)
• Sixty years on, nobody has been held responsible for crime in Gorazdevac (Novosti/Tanjug)
• KFOR: Security situation in Kosovo and Metohija peace and under control (Danas)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HNS calls for implementation of signed agreement and implementation of rulings of domestic and European courts regarding the Election Law (Vecernji list/HRT1)
• Spiric says avoiding to apply agreement on formation of authorities at level of B&H pushes B&H into deeper agony and stalemate (ATV)
• Reactions to agreement on formation of authorities in B&H keep on coming; Opposition: This is capitulation; Dodik: There is no membership in NATO (RTRS)
Montenegro
• Opposition’s political games do not threaten stability in the country (Dnevne novine)
• Improvement of electoral legislation not possible without DPS (Dan)
• Popovic: It’s tragicomic the opposition doesn’t take part in its own proposal (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia
• French Ambassador calls for urgent steps to tackle the corruption scandal, warns about the country’s “EU dossier” (Republika/TV 24)
• US Ambassador Byrnes demands a serious, thorough, transparent and timely investigation into the scandal (Republika)
Albania
• Meta: EU/one year wasted: Elections to be held on 13 October (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• The Berlin Process and why the EU remains a political dwarf in the Balkans (New Eastern Europe)

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Belgrade Media Report 09 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 9 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Arrival of new ambassadors proves they expect important things (TV Prva)
• Authorities and opposition hold new meeting on election conditions (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Komsic and Dzaferovic will not support candidate without decision on sending of ANP (BHT1)
• Izetbegovic: RS’ opposition parties made plan re NATO path of B&H; Sarovic denies Izetbegovic’s claims (BNTV/TV1)
• Cvijanovic: Agreement on authority formation does not contain anything that is damaging for RS (ATV)
• NATO is not insisting on MAP (Nezavisne)
• Council of EU appoints Sattler new EUSR in B&H (N1)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Rama Shifts Blame to EU for Not Opening Negotiations (Euronews)

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Belgrade Media Report 08 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 8 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: A difficult fall awaits us regarding the issue of Kosovo and Metohija (TV Prva)
• Pristina doing its best to make life difficult for Serbs in Kosovo (Tanjug/RTS)
• Dacic: I don’t plan to interfere in US internal politics (Politika/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Members of B&H Border Police find 18 injured migrants on territory of Velika Kladusa Municipality; Migrants claim members of Croatian police beat them (TV1)
• Dodik: Thirty days for Council of Ministers or deep crisis (Nezavisne)
• Stevandic: Sarovic will attempt to negotiate with Komsic about formation of new parliamentary majority at B&H level with DF (ATV)
• US Embassy to B&H: Political parties confirmed existing consensus on importance of B&H’s progress on path towards EU and NATO (Hayat)
• Bissell: NATO supports ongoing efforts to form authorities at B&H level and it will support B&H authorities in further steps in cooperation between B&H and NATO (BHT1)
Montenegro
• Opposition’s political fiasco (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• North Macedonian court rejects extradition of Morina to Serbia (Novamakedonija)
Albania
• President: Elections only solution (ADN)
• Dialogue facilitation with consent of all sides (ADN)
• Some Rama government’s tendencies are worrying (ADN)
• SMI to participate in 13 October local elections (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Bosnian Deal on New Govt Leaves Key Issues Unsolved (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 7 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Commitment of Serbian government to reform process (Tanjug/Beta)
• Djuric: Pristina only looking how to maltreat citizens (Tanjug)
• Drecun: Serbian citizens need only ID card for Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)
• Botsan-Harchenko: They are interfering in your affairs, but are not mentioning court for KLA (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Parties of ruling coalition in RS unanimously endorse agreement on formation of B&H CoM (ATV)
• Sarovic accuses Dodik of enabling B&H’s accession to NATO (BNTV)
• OHR welcomes signing of agreement on principles for formation of authorities in B&H (Al Jazeera)
• Hahn welcomes agreement on formation of B&H authorities (BHT1)
• Tegeltija says he is ready for post of B&H CoM Chairman and he expects his appointment to be confirmed by B&H Presidency (Dnevni avaz)
Albania
• President returns Criminal Code amendments for review (ADN)
• Venice fact-finding delegation to visit Tirana on Meta’s discharge (Radio Tirana/RTV Ora)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Europe’s new agenda in the Western Balkans (European Council on Foreign Relations)

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Belgrade Media Report 06 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 6 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Croatia threatens with new ‘Oluja’ operations (Novosti)
• Serbia’s opposition: Decision on election boycott in second half of September (Beta/N1)
• Israeli Ambassador congratulates ‘Oluja’ and then corrects disputable tweet’ (Politika/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Leaders of SDA, SNSD and HDZ B&H reach agreement on formation of B&H CoM (Hayat/N1/FTV/BNTV)
• Zvizdic chairman of both executive and legislative authorities in B&H as of Tuesday (RTRS)
• Ministers in B&H CoM discuss conclusions of HoR re HJPC (TV1)
Croatia
• Government officials say Operation Storm Croatia’s historic success (Hina)
Albania
• Opposition accuses CEC for abuse of power (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Wilson: Delivery of Russian arms to Serbia is irresponsible (VoA)

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Belgrade Media Report 05 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 5 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic in Krusedol: You got rid of the Serbs – does this make you happy or successful? (Tanjug/B92)
• Dacic: Somalia on the way of re-examining decision on independence of Kosovo (TV Pink)
• Kosovo’s admission into Interpol: Violation of international law (RTV)
• Djilas will not participate in election dialogue unless it is open to the public (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Sarovic: All masks fell off with Izetbegovic’s confession that Dodik and he worked on transfer of competences of RS to level of B&H (BNTV)
• Izetbegovic claims Dodik is conditioning authority formation (BNTV)
• SNSD: Latest SDA’s offer is nothing new, we do not accept any political blackmails (RTRS)
• Authority without conditioning (Oslobodjenje)
• Doboj used by migrants as flow-through zone (Oslobodjenje)
• Veritas: International community keeps silent as it did 24 years ago (Srna)
Croatia
• Plenkovic and Grabar-Kitarovic: Croatia marks with pride the 24th anniversary of the magnificent military and police operation Storm (Hina)
• SNV: Croatia must assume responsibility for crimes committed in Operation Storm (Hina)
Montenegro
• Dialogue in Montenegrin way (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Tug of war between Serbia and Kosovo after Macedonia arrests a war crimes suspect (Republika)
Albania
• Albanian President to Parliament: Election Decrees Constitutional, Should be Enforced (Exit.al/ADN)
• CEC meeting failed, Mediu asks dismissal of four members (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbia slams Israeli envoy for celebrating Croatian ‘pogrom’ (The Times of Israel)

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Belgrade Media Report 02 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 2 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Djuric on change of authority in Pristina: Serbs have nothing special to hope for (RTS)
• China continues to support Serbia’s sovereignty (RTS)
• Dacic discusses Kosovo with Serbian Ambassadors in US, Sweden, Argentina and Algeria (RTS/Tanjug)
• Botsan-Harchenko: We will support solution for Kosovo that we can defend in Security Council (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik comments possibility of authority formation at B&H level without SNSD: We will return to original Dayton (RTRS)
• US Embassy: Secession is not part of DPA or Constitution, any attempt represents violation of these documents; OHR: Secession represents violation of DPA (Oslobodjenje/N1)
• Mektic: Croatian police officers are forcibly returning illegal migrants to B&H’s territory; Komsic: Croatia needs to withdraw police from B&H (N1)
Croatia
• Grabar-Kitarovic: Operation ‘Oluja’ saved B&H (HRT1)
• Slovenia: EU should not pamper Croatia regarding border arbitration ruling (Hina)
Montenegro
• There won’t be technical government (CDM)
Albania
• Head of State willing to meet with Premier anywhere (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Russia wants to have military base in the RS, exchange of territories that would lead to division of B& H is still possible (Die Welt)

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Belgrade Media Report 01 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 1 August 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Ljajic: Without 260 million Euros in eight months over taxes (Novosti)
• Strengthening of Serbian-Russian cooperation in all spheres (RTS/Beta)
• Drecun: New evidence for Haradinaj’s crimes in Yellow House case (Politika)
• New pressures on Serbia over the burning of US Embassy and the Bytici brothers case (Politika)
• Djilas: Organizers wanted meeting behind closed doors (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Croatian Ambassador: President Grabar-Kitarovic’s alleged statement about B&H is false (TV1)
• Wigemark: I do not consider that B&H is unstable country (TV1)
• US Embassy: B&H remains reliable partner in dealing with security challenges (Dnevni avaz)
• B&H Presidency adopts 2019 state budget (BHT1)
• Izetbegovic says he offered SNSD leader Dodik to accept reduced annual national program for NATO MAP activation, and it is now up to Dodik to make next move (BHT1)
• Dodik: B&H has shown that it is incompetent and unnecessary country (RTRS)
• UNMIK forensic knew about “the yellow house” (Srna)
Croatia
• Grabar-Kitarovic resolutely dismisses Jerusalem Post allegations (Hina)
• Croatian FM: It is not common to comment on unverified statements (N1/HRT1)
Montenegro
• Democrats will be part of the Committee (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Besa winks at VMRO-DPMNE, but it is still far from love (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES
• Merkel’s ‘Shakes’ Perceived As EU Tremors In The Balkans (RFE/RL)

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